Writer and theorist Catherine Hall, noted for her work in British imperial studies, is a strong proponent of bringing revitalizing Imperial historical studies as a means of understanding aspects of British cultural studies. English Academicians have in large avoided English imperial history out of shame for the atrocities in human rights to working class, women, and colony members—similar to the way American Academicians have largely attempted to ignore African American Studies until recent years. Catherine believes that it is vital to understand the positives and negatives of each, as well as their effects and implications on both Victorian and modern society. Hall’s continual motif is one of globalization—specifically through reference to Birmingham its production of finished metal works, its changes in culture, views on race, and nationalism tied to global imperialism. The people of Birmingham
Encountered the empire in multiple ways: in their newspapers […] in their museums […] in their shows and their chapels, […] in their food and their clothes, in their homes and gardens, in the worlds of their families and friends. But in those encounters and that cacophony of sounds, some voices had more weight than others. At key moments choices were made, for one view of ‘the negro’ rather than another, for one notion of empire rather than another. In that process identities were articulated in ways that spoke to and for significant numbers of men and women, naming the residents of Birmingham in ways that resonated with town, nation and empire. (Hall 426)
This is definitive social construction; it is a lens through which one may analyze England imperial and colonial development, artificial change to perspectives of race (where “‘superst...
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